As you drive around Calhoun County this weekend and you pass by one the many cemeteries take note of the American
flags flying over the headstones. These flags were placed there on Friday, May 26, 2017, by The William Thomson Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. These ladies proudly provided and placed over 450 American flags to honor America's veterans who are interred in Calhoun County. The flags will remain in-place for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and American Independence Day.
Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day. Always held on the last Monday in May, this is the day we, as a nation, have set aside to remember and honor those Americans who died while serving. This is a day of remembrance of those who gave all. Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day (November 11) which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 each year to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. While not an official federal holiday, the President has the discretion to officially proclaim the observance.
Independence Day, July 4, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress. It declared that the thirteen American colonies had formed a new nation, These United States of America. It is important to note that the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred two days earlier when the Second Continental Congress approved the Resolution of Independence.
This trilogy of remembrances is a cornerstone to our history as a nation. We remember those who gave all to gain and keep our freedom. We look upon our flag as the standard of that freedom. And we remember the incredible depth of human understanding that penned the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The red, white and blue can be seen flying in many cemeteries across Calhoun County. Cemeteries included this year are: East Bethel UMC, Friendship Baptist Church, Mizpah Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Salem Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, New Bethany Baptist Church, Sandy Run Lutheran Church, St. Matthews Parish Church, and St. Matthews Lutheran Church.
Flags are also placed on graves at the Arant Cemetery, the Peterkin Cemetery, the Kaigler-Davis Cemetery, the Geiger Cemetery, the St. Paul UMC Cemetery, West End Cemetery, Lang Syne Cemetery, the Goodwine Cemetery, True Blue Cemetery, Oakland Cemetery and Rose Lawn Cemetery.
In past years, flags have been provided to Gethsemane Baptist Church but this year they purchased their own flags and will place them on graves in their cemetery. With the addition of their flags, over 500 flags will be on display in the county honoring our veterans.
Flags were also placed in the flower containers in the downtown area of St. Matthews.
The William Thomson Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution members who helped place these flags are: Nina Mack, Rebecca Myers, Libby Olson, Becky Ulmer, Kay Williams and Reta Westbury. This project was started by Sandra Fellows, a beloved DAR member who passed away several years ago and is now headed by Reta Westbury.